Richard Heaton

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Richard is a technical recruiter leading a team dedicated to automation and robotics. With a highly technical understanding and strong knowledge of the sector he is able to provide clients and candidates with a consultative and pragmatic approach to recruitment, offering sincere unbiased advice and support.

Richard has carefully developed a dedicated team to provide a cross section of technical expertise to support any technical discipline your company may require.

If you are looking for a single individual or you wish for us to manage a large recruitment project we can help. If you are a systems integrator, machine tool manufacturer, warehouse automation provider or a technology manufacturer then Richard or a member of his team will be delighted to discuss your need.

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Senior Electronics Engineer (Firmware and Hardware)

A Senior Electronics Engineer (Firmware and Hardware) with experience with designing and developing microprocessors and as well writing the firmware is required for an established manufacturer of servo controllers. The role of Senior Electronics Engineer (Firmware and Hardware) includes: To develop next generation technology though upgrading existing controllers and designing new boards with the latest advances in component technology. New product development, designing entire board from scratch. Assemble boards for testing prior to production. FPGA Development Write firmware and continue to update the firmware for all controllers over it's life. Continue to innovate, developing additional boards to add to the range of products Integrate analogue and digital hardware Programme in C and C++ The suitable candidate for this role of Senior Electronics Engineer (Firmware and Hardware) will need to possess the following skills and personal attributes: Experience with designing microprocessors down to component level Board assembly and testing experience C and C++ programming experience BEng, Phd in electronics is desirable but not essential Passion for electronics Happy to work independently without supervision but who enjoys being part of a wider technical team. You will have your own office/workshop with responsibility for developing the next generation technology within an agreed time frame. If you have the desired skills for this role of Senior Electronics Engineer (Firmware and Hardware) and the passion for product development, then please click on the link to apply or contact on 01384 446 105

Permanent / Coventry, West Midlands

UK Sales Manager / UK Product Manager - Robotics and Automation

A UK Sales Manager / UK Product Manager is required to support the launch of a range of innovative collaborative industrial automation products. This is an exiting time for the company to expand their portfolio in to this growing market. The range of products are market leading in terms of innovative technology and this presents a very exciting opportunity for someone with direct experience to system integration, robotics and industrial automation. The role of UK Sales Manager / UK Product Manager will include the following. Influence the marketing strategy to generate as much exposure of the product range within the UK, organising corporate demonstrations, heavy promotion at trade shows and strong ties to system integrators. Sell complete turnkey robotic automation systems as well as marketing the individual collaborative products to system integrators up and down the country. Create a business strategy to grow the market share and to plan the teams expansion to drive the sales as per the agreed plan. Identify key markets for growth and look to partner with well aligned companies. The suitable candidate for this role of UK Sales Manager / UK Product Manager will need to possess the following skills and experience: Strong experience within turnkey automation and robotic integration. Ability to sell full turnkey solutions. Strong marketing experience and knowledge of the UK industrial automation and robotics market. Senior figure with strong ties to industry. Experience with marketing a product launch. Experience with growing a successful sales team. Be prepared to travel around the UK to promote the products. Package will include company car, pension, health care, eligibility to join the company. Employee Benefit Share Scheme. Salary negotiable based on experience, bonus based on performance. This role is working for a very well established company however your role will be the first aligned to this product range and as such you will be required to set the wheels in motion and grow the team in line with the agreed strategy. If you have the experience and the enthusiasm to drive this product in to the UK market then please click on the link to apply for this UK Sales Manager / UK Product Manager position. alternatively please contact on 01384 446 105

Permanent / Birmingham, West Midlands

Senior IT Engineer - MES and Hardware Support

A Senior IT Engineer with experience of 1st, 2nd and 3rd line support along with knowledge of MES (Manufacturing Execution Systems) within large scale manufacturing is required for a large automotive tier 1 manufacturer. The role of Senior IT Engineer includes the following: Provide technical assistance to end users with 1st, 2nd and 3rd line support. MSSSQL Database administration. Configuration of servers, laptops and other hardware and peripherals. Maintain MES (Manufacturing Execution System) and conduct administration support. Manage all Infrastructure, hardware, networks, servers and firewalls. On a fair rota policy, provide business critical support for out of hours faults. Work closely with Head of IT to devise efficient plans to maintain the continuity as well as the advancement of IT and infrastructure systems for manufacturing and operational excellence. The suitable candidate for Senior IT Engineer will need to possess the following skills and experience. IT support experience within manufacturing (Ideally high volume automotive) - not essential Experience with AS400 is highly desirable but not essential ITIL framework experience desirable Experience with MES Systems maintenance and administration If you are an experienced IT Engineer/ Senior IT Engineer with experience of providing 1st - 3rd line technical support and have experience with MES Systems then please get in touch. In return for your experience we can offer excellent salary and benefits working for a very large automotive manufacturer. Training and Development will be provided to however core experience of the above is essential to fulfil initial role requirements.

Permanent / Gaydon, Warwickshire

Project Manager - Special Purpose Machinery

A Project Manager with experience of managing multiple concurrent projects to design and manufacture special purpose machinery is required for a Midlands based system integrator. The role of Project Manager will include: Working with design teams, assembly teams and the end customers to ensure the specifications of the project are met and delivered on time. Review the design of the equipment ensuring that the functionality meets the specification criteria. Challenge designs where you see improvement opportunities including ease of build, better functionality and cost savings Manage circa 5 or 6 projects currently, working closely with production and the customer advising on estimated delivery schedule. The suitable candidate will need to possess the following skills: Experienced Project Manager either having worked within special purpose machine manufacturing or as an engineer specifying machinery for manufacture. The most important requirement is that you have strong project management skills and you are able to look at a solution to ensure is compliance and its functionality against a specification. Technical qualification in Engineering is highly desirable. This a wonderful opportunity to join an ambitious and forward thinking business fully engaged with industry 4.0 strategies. If you have the required skills and experience, then please click on the link to apply. In return for your experience, we can offer an attractive salary with an excellent working environment where ingenuity and entrepreneurship is encouraged. Closing date Friday 14th December 2018

Permanent / Birmingham, West Midlands

Engineering Manager / Technical Manager - Automation

An Engineering Manager / Technical Manager is required for a Warwickshire based manufacturer of special purpose machinery. As Engineering Manager / Technical Manager you will be required to: Be the "go to" expert for all engineering projects. Work with clients to build a specification and to work out an engineering solution to their enquiry. Work with internal designers to design concepts and detailed designs for automation/special purpose machinery projects. Conduct calculations to determine gearing, motors, pneumatics for use within the machine. Guide and coach more junior designers and engineers. Organise the internal team and sub contract engineers to ensure that projects are well-planned and time-frames are met. Drive engineering capability to facilitate more an more complex and diverse projects. The suitable candidate for Engineering Manager / Technical Manager will need to possess the following skills and experiences: Strong engineering skills with experience of bespoke special purpose machinery design and development. Ability to specify appropriate solutions based on accurate engineering calculations. Design experience You do not need to be able to program however knowledge how machines are sequenced with PLC's is highly advantageous. If you are an experienced Engineering Manager or Technical Manager with knowledge of special purpose machinery/automation and you are keen to work for an established and growing integrator, then please click on the link to apply.

Permanent / Warwickshire, England

Mechanical Design Engineer - Special Purpose Machinery

A Mechanical Design Engineer is required for a Birmingham based system integrator of automation and robotic systems. The role of Mechanical Design Engineer will include the following: Take responsibility for conceptualising automated solutions based around customer specification. Ensure the brief is fully met and that costs are controlled throughout the design phase. Create detailed assembly drawings and support the shop floor with any queries. Design solutions for pick and place, inspection and material handling applications. The suitable candidate for Mechanical Design Engineer will need to possess the following experience: Mechanical design experience of electro-pneumatic special purpose machinery. Experienced with creating concepts and full detailed assembly drawings. Technical qualifications in engineering, mechatronics, robotics or a time served apprenticeship is desirable but not essential. This is a wonderful opportunity to work for a leading integrator of automated systems and offers an excellent working environment which supports creativity. If you have the required experience for this role of Mechanical Design Engineer then please click on the link to apply.

Permanent / Birmingham, West Midlands

Sales Engineer - Robotics and Automation

A Sales Engineer with experience of selling capital equipment and/or software, related to connected manufacturing technologies associated with industry 4.0 and IOT. The automated systems typically consist of robotics, pneumatics and electronics integrated with PLC's and linked to monitoring software and autonomous material handling applications. The role of Sales Engineer will include: Identifying new potential customers in need of automated/integrated systems. New business development, convert leads generated from incoming enquiries, referrals and trade show attendance. Visit clients to understand their requirement and work with them to conceptualise the specification. Sell the robotic applications and push to integrate autonomous technology to compliment the added value offering. Target clients within warehouse automation, assembly operations and manufacturing. The suitable candidate for Sales Engineer will need to have the following skills and experience: Background in technical solution sales Technically able to suggest automated solutions to meet the customers specification Experience or strong interest in industry 4.0 technologies and smart factories. Knowledge of automation, robotics or capital equipment sales is essential. If you have the required skills and experiences for this role of Sales Engineer and you are looking for a stable and exciting career with a leading manufacturer of automated systems, then please click on the link to apply. In return we can offer a competitive salary with excellent working conditions.

Permanent / Birmingham, West Midlands

Software Engineer - Embedded Firmware

A Software Engineer with experience of writing embedded firmware for micro-controllers is required for a Birmingham based manufacturer of precision instrumentation. The role of Software Engineer - Embedded Firmware includes the following: Working closely with Electronics Engineer to develop the latest range of precision instrumentation. Write firmware for new products and update and maintain the firmware for existing technology. Code in C although experience with C++ and C# is highly desirable. The suitable candidate for Software Engineer - Embedded Firmware will need to possess the following skills: Experience in writing firmware Technical qualification in Electronic or Software Engineering Knowledge of transducer signal conditioning is highly desirable Experience of working in an Electronic R&D environment experience writing embedded firmware for high precision motion controllers is desirable but not essential. If you have the required experience for this Software Engineer - Embedded Firmware and you are seeking an exciting role working for an established manufacturer of high precision technology, them please click on the link to apply.

Permanent / Stourbridge, West Midlands

Design Manager (Mechanical) - Precision Instrumentation

A Design Manager (Mechanical) or Senior Mechanical Design Engineer with experience of leading design projects for electro-mechanical assemblies and mechanisms is required for a leading manufacturer of precision inspection equipment. The role of Design Manager / Senior Mechanical Design Engineer includes the following: Lead a small team of mechanical designers and electronics designers to design new electro-mechanical solutions used for precision testing. The mechanical designs will include mechanisms, castings, work holding, jigs and fixtures. Work closely with electronics team to ensure mechanical designs are created with ease of manufacture manufacture and with consideration to how the electrical/electronic components will fit into the machine housing. Design solutions in Solidworks The suitable candidate for Design Manager / Senior Mechanical Design Engineer will need to possess the following skills and experience: Existing Design Manager or Senior Mechanical Designer Strong engineering skills and experience of designing mechanisms, jigs and fixtures. Able to work to tight deadlines taking the lead on all new projects. You do not need experience with electronics however experience designing mechanical solutions which includes electrical components is desirable. Any experience of designing castings will be an advantage as all machines contains cast components. If you have the required skills and experience and you are looking for a Design Manager /Design Lead position with a high precision manufacturer, then please click on the link to apply. In return, we can offer an attractive salary and exciting position to design the next generation of metrology equipment.

Permanent / Dudley, West Midlands

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  • The automation team at Jonathan Lee has taken the time to understand our business requirements, developing local relationships with the individual sites via visits to our locations to ensure the quality of candidates is of a high standard. Furthermore, Jonathan Lee has attributed a member of its Client Services team to act as a senior level contact for Knapp. This ensures there is a high-level of pro-active engagement with us as a customer not only in the traditional recruitment process but also in areas that can indirectly contribute to our business relationship. Should anyone be looking for a recruitment partner with in-depth industry knowledge in automation that operates in an ethical, partnership-based manner I can highly recommend the team at Jonathan Lee.

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